Just Watched the Bob Kucera address following the March Board meeting of Football West, and have to say what a complete and utter waste of time these clips are. Why not simply publish the minutes of the board meeting for all to see?
The first two and a half minutes are all about the Perth Glory Review, which really has very little to do with Football West. Perth Glory is a private enterprise, whereas Football West is Government funded. Mr Kucera also pulled out his political spin implying that he had actually seen more of the report, than anyone else who has read what was released publically, nice try.
He waxed lyrical about the contributions of Paul Kelly on the board of Football West. “He also has a passion for the game unequalled… of anyone I know.” On this issue Mr Kucera, it is time you actually went out into the Football Family that you keep referring to and you will find plenty of people as passionate and qualified as Mr Kelly, some even more so. Mr Kelly undoubtedly contributed to Football West, but should not have remained on the board once he accepted the position of CEO of Perth Glory, an issue on which we wrote to Mr Kucera about prior to the February board meeting and are still awaiting a reply!
Mr Kucera then states his disappointment at the number of people who nominated for the standing committees and Zone Rep positions. There is a simple reason for this and that is the “Football Family” does not believe that they are being listened to. “They are the key decision makers for the game itself, “Mr. Kucera states, “The board works and decides on the business of football, but the actual sport of football is run by our standing committees and Zone representatives.” Sadly that is not the perception amongst the football family.
What is a major concern is that Mr Kucera states that they will continue the election process and “others they will look for to support” the women’s and juniors groups. This is not good news fro football as now people who will never question the direction that the board is taking the game can potentially be elected giving them carte blanche to do as they see fit. History has shown that some decisions over the past 8-9 years have not been for the good of the game.
We then hear about the brief visit of the CEO of the FFA, Ben Buckley. Mr. Kucera assures us that Mr Buckley will be back in Perth and not only will a dinner be hosted at which Mr Buckley will speak but that also a forum for the fans to quiz Mr Buckley. Don’t hold your breath! We requested Mr Buckley come on the show only to be told that he does not do one on one interviews, even though we had already submitted the questions. Is he really likely to front the football public and face questions that he honestly has no idea how to answer? If the lunch does come off, once again the football family will probably be asked to put their hands in their pockets to attend, and will probably be forced to listen to an MC who has no feel for the game and is in fact involved with another code of Football, just so that no hard questions are asked.
Quite simply this video clip opens up more frustrations than it does appease anyone. As stated previously by just publishing the minutes of the board meetings those who care can get a better understanding of what is happening behind the scenes and whether the game is in the right hands. With the video clips we get to see Mr Kucera exercise his political experience waffling on, but actually saying very little of any consequence.